Why Poetry Matters

Why Poetry Matters
Jay Parini
03/09/09, Paper $14.00
ISBN: 9780300151466

03/24/08, Cloth $24.00
ISBN: 9780300124231

I argue in various ways in this book that poetry offers a way to sanity and clarity, helping us to see ourselves and our world. It offers modes of expression, refining the language of ordinary life. It is the “common language heightened,” as Hopkins says. By offering a language adequate to experience, poetry creates a reality that is equal to the reality of experience and therefore makes reality palpable, “real,” understandable.

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